User talk:MarsBarLover

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July 2013[edit]

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French language[edit]

Hello, MarsBarLover. You have changed the French-speaking population figure three times now: [1][2][3]. The first time, you replaced the sourced figure of 220 million with an unsourced figure of 290 million. The subsequent two times, in addition to making that change you also replaced what appears to be a reliable source, Organisation Internationale de La Francophonie, with a figure sourced to a website, www.forvo.com, whose content is at least partly user-sourced, and you did so without explanation. This is a problem on two levels. First, the substantive: the change represents an increase of nearly one-third, which is highly suspect in and of itself and cannot reasonably be accepted without a logical rationale. Second, the procedural: when making a change of this sort, it is unacceptable to keep simply bludgeoning your preferred version onto the wiki; you need to explain what you're doing (see WP:BRD for good advice on how to go about this). I have no idea which is the correct figure, but I question the reliability of the forvo.com source and have posted a query at the reliable sources noticeboard. However it turns out, please avoid edit warring. Talk pages are there for a reason, and it's incumbent upon those of us inserting new content to use them. Thanks. Rivertorch (talk) 05:11, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

According to Wikipedia and Organisation Internationale de La Francophonie, French speakers will reach 500 million by 2025. I calculated that if that were to happen the number of French speakers would have to increase by (roughly) 100 million each four years if French is going to reach 500 million speakers in just 12 years. So, surely, if there were 220 million speakers in 2010 this number would have to have increased by roughly 70 milllion by 2013. So couldn't this the estimated 290 million speakers (according to forvo.com) be possible? MarsBarLover 16:22, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

There's something wrong with your figures, but never mind. We do not base population figures on extrapolations of this kind; we go with what the most reliable sources say. I wish you'd undo your edit. Rivertorch (talk) 18:38, 7 August 2013 (UTC)